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Resolve item from the taskbar cannot be removed

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To remove an item that is pinned to the taskbar:

  1. Right-click on the pinned item and select Unpin this program from taskbar.


When right-clicking on the pinned item, if the taskbar disappears, do the following:

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task Manager.
  2. Select the Processes Tab.
  3. Highlight Explorer.exe and select End Process.
  4. Select File > New Task.
  5. In the Create New Task pop-up box, type Explorer.exe and select OK.


The taskbar should now be displayed again. However, if right-clicking on a pinnned icon in the taskbar constantly makes the taskbar disappears, we need to reset the taskbar to it's original state, which will remove every pinned icon from the taskbar. 

  1. Click here to download the Reset TaskBar BAT file.
  2. Run the Reset_Clear_Pinned_Taskbar_Items.bat file. This should remove every pinned icon from the taskbar.


This BAT file resets following files to their factory defaults:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband
  • C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

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